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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 6, 2009 10:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dire wins "methinks" contest!

Ha! Looks like Dire wins!

Now, looking at all the good folks that have used it, how can it possibly be such a bad thing? by defn word use establishes norms of behavior, and this one just indicates everyone uses it, so it CANNOT have the status you imply (rare, awkward, idiosyncratic, etc., etc.).

Case closed?

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Oct 6, 2009 11:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dire wins 'methinks' contest!

well, i got to win at SOMETHING!! might as well be something absolutely trivial :)


hope this day finds you well Mr. Tell

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 6, 2009 1:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dire wins 'methinks' contest!

It certainly does! And I hope you have found much better coffee by this point as I know Folgers instant well...too well!

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Poster: clashcity Date: Oct 6, 2009 11:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dire wins 'methinks' contest!

I don't recall saying it was rare. Just that it for some reason irks me to no end when I see it used.

And its frequent use by a certain group certainly indicates a norm - could be some trying to be like others...

This post was modified by clashcity on 2009-10-06 18:43:45

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 6, 2009 11:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dire wins 'methinks' contest!

Well, then I am not sure of why you think certain words annoy if it isn't that the person using them is pretentious, etc. By defn, rare words are those sorts--if they are common, then why are we having this discussion? You said they are trying to appear intellectual, etc., so obviously you wouldn't say that because they use common words, right?

And, whether by copying or not, once words in the English language are used with high enough frequency, they are established. So, "comprise" now means "compose" because too many twits used it that way...

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Oct 6, 2009 12:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dire wins 'methinks' contest!

Just like isthmus

Use isthmus in a sentence

Isthmus be my lucky day!